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What are scorpions?

Scorpions are relatives of spiders, mites, and ticks. Scorpions are predators that feed on a variety of insects and spiders. Striped bark scorpions are one of the most common species of scorpion that invade homes in our area. 

Striped bark scorpions are the most common and widespread scorpions living in Texas. Adults are light brown to brownish-yellow in color. They have two broad, dark, lengthwise bands on the surface of the abdomen. They also have a dark triangular shape on the front portion of their head. Bark scorpions use their pincers to capture and hold onto their prey. At the end of the abdomen, they have a telson - a bulb-shaped, tail-like structure. The telson contains venom glands and a sharp, curved stinger on its end that delivers the venom they use to paralyze their prey. The tail is longer in the males than the females.

close up of a striped bark scorpion

Are scorpions dangerous?

Scorpions are venomous and have the potential to be a danger to people. A sting from a scorpion is extremely painful and, like a bee sting, can cause localized swelling and an intense burning sensation. Their venom is strong enough to trigger serious allergic reactions in some. Great care should always be taken around any type of scorpion. 

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

If scorpions have become a problem in or around your structure it is likely because living conditions on your property are suitable to their needs. Striped bark scorpions are attracted to trees, walls, and objects with rough surfaces, and they are excellent climbers. Properties with a lot of insect activity are also very attractive to scorpions. Once on your property, they will eventually find their way inside while out foraging for food.

Where will I find scorpions?

Scorpions are found living outside in the cool, moist soil underneath of rocks, logs, fallen trees, and piles of organic debris. However, if the weather outside becomes too hot and dry for them to live comfortably, they will actively move inside of temperature controlled homes.

Scorpions enter through openings in the foundation and exterior walls as well as openings found around windows and doors, or through torn screens.

Inside they hide in basements, laundry rooms, behind wall voids, in closets, in crawl spaces, and any other cool, damp areas of a home. Scorpions often rest inside of bathtubs and sinks.

How do I get rid of scorpions?

For effective scorpion control, contact the Texas pest control pros at Romney. Providing pest control in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and throughout our service area, our pest control team has the tools, knowledge, and experience needed to get rid of scorpions in homes and businesses.

How can I prevent scorpions in the future?

Keep scorpions out of your home with the help of the following scorpion prevention tips:

■     Caulk cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls.

■     Place weather-stripping around exterior windows and doors

■     Place door sweeps on all exterior doors

■     Keep garage doors shut when not in use

■     Make sure that screens are completely intact

■     Trim back tree limbs away from the exterior of your home

■     Remove excess piles of debris from your yard

 
 
 

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